Our Board of Directors


A Maze of Story Incorporated is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Western Australia, governed by a board comprising:

Gae Oaten : Founder, Chairperson

Gae Oaten

Founder, Chairperson

Gae Oaten moved to London in 1990 to study the degrees Master in Counselling Psychology and Master in Psychotherapy. Gae spent the next fourteen years in London in private practice, and as a family therapist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital. At Kids Company, she was a Groups Therapist for extremely troubled children, and Clinical Supervisor to Post Graduate Psychology Students. One of the courses Gae taught at City University was ‘Working with Children: A Playful Narrative Approach’. Gae returned to Western Australia 2005 and retired from practice in 2008.
 In 2013 Gae paid a visit to Sydney Story Factory (a writing centre for children and young people) and was inspired by the centres' innovative approach to creative writing and returned to Perth with the idea of opening a similar organisation. She founded A Maze of Story in 2013 and has been the Chairperson since it’s inception.


Tony Estrano : Deputy Chairperson

Tony Estrano

Deputy Chairperson

Tony has a background in business, marketing and technical consultancy. He has over 18 years’ experience within the Information Technology Sector, across local government, education and the private sector in Australia and Europe. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science from Murdoch University, Western Australia.


Mark Vincent : Treasurer, Financial Advisor: Director of Design Financial

Mark Vincent

Treasurer, Financial Advisor: Director of Design Financial

Mark is a Financial Planner with 12 years experience. Having had his own financial planning practice for over 9 years, Mark has carved a niche in providing advice to a range of business owners and high net worth individuals.
Being a family man, Mark feels very fortunate that his elderly sons are still willing to spend time with him. Together, outside of his busy work schedule, they enjoy an energetic outdoor life which includes running, kite surfing and bike riding.
At the age of 50, Mark is at the stage of life and in a position to share his experience and knowledge with A Maze of Story. He looks forward to seeing this organisation develop and grow into a recognised and respected child focused Arts program.
As the treasurer of A Maze of Story, Mark brings to the group the required experience to ensure the group’s financial records are organised and maintained with the professionalism required to ensure transparency and accountability.

Marie Finlay : Secretary

Marie Finlay


Marie Finlay is a professional with over 25 years experience working both within organisations and as an external consultant on management and leadership development, facilitation and mentoring and coaching.
She is an educator, trainer, organisational consultant and storyteller and her particular interest is personal and community development through story and storytelling, believing that it is possible for people to develop a strong sense of themselves, their place in the world, and their creative potential through the story process. As a storyteller, Marie has worked extensively with all ages and across socioeconomic groups.
In her practice she works from a base of respect for the individual and models the skills required.

Dr Catherine Noske : Lecturer at UWA and Editor of Westerly Magazine

Dr Catherine Noske

Lecturer at UWA and Editor of Westerly Magazine

Dr. Noske is a lecturer in Creative Writing and editor of Westerly Magazine at the University of Western Australia. Her research has been recognised with the A.D Hope Prize from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and focuses on contemporary Australian writing of place. She served in 2016 as a committee member for the inaugural Australian Short Story Festival, and is currently a board member for writingWA. Writing creatively, she has twice been awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. Her current manuscript, a novel, was the subject of a Varuna Fellowship and shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award.


Heather Henderson : Board Member

Heather Henderson

Board Member

Bachelor of Education. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Heather spent more than 40 years working with children with disabilities and is passionate about equity of access to services and support for all members of the community.

She served on the council of the City of Subiaco for 25 years first as a Councillor and then as Mayor. In recognition of her outstanding service to the community and the Local Government Sector she was awarded Life Membership of Western Australian Local Government Association in 2015 and was recently made an Honorary Freeman of the City of the City of Subiaco.